A small group of five,highly energetic, children kept us all active and focused on learning the Lord's Prayer. The words of the first five lines were printed on to cards to be secured to a washing line (badminton net) with wooden cloths pegs; the children had to work out the order they went in.
Alex took us through the meaning of God's Kingdom come with props for the children to act the parts.
Christingles to make and most of the young knew what the symbols represented and a lot of the harvest fruits were consumed before they could be pushed on to the cocktail sticks.
As ever their creative minds set to using much glue and glitters stuck on to cards and the youngest Explorer made a beautiful card using the cut out old Christmas cards, gold stars and a gold pen to write inside to wish the receiver a happy Christmas. The cloth wreath rings were started and cut pieces of remnants taken home to finish as time had slipped by and hunger set in.
Cheddar, crisps and jam and honey sandwiches were rapidly made and consumed with reviving mugs of tea for the grownups before we reassembled on the cushion circle to all say the first five lines of the Lord's Prayer and for Alex to say a concluding prayer.
We closed with all saying The Grace together .Each child and adult was given a wee hand knitted stocking to take home with treats and a Christingle card inside. Children unable to be with us will be given one in the next day or so.
Next Explorers will be on the first Sunday of February the 4th 3pm to 4.30.
Wishing all involved a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.